Who runs Minnesota? Less people than you think, actually. It became clear when Gov. Dayton jettisoned Yvonne Prettner Solon for his current chief of staff, Tina Smith, who will now be Dayton's running mate. The invaluable Bill Glahn noticed:
The announcement itself occurred at a most unusual location, state headquarters of the AFL-CIO labor union. The state AFL-CIO donated more than $500,000 to Democrats during the period 2007-2012. Ms. Smith herself has long been associated with Planned Parenthood, a six-figure Democrat donor organization in 2012.If you had this amount of nepotism and self-dealing going on in any other place, it would be a scandal, and rightly so. It takes a lot of big brains to keep a guy like this in office:
Planned Parenthood has a seat on the board of Alliance for a Better Minnesota. ABM sits at the heart of the Democrat money machine. ABM’s executive director, Carrie Lucking, is the better half of Dayton Deputy Chief of Staff Bob Hume.
WIN Minnesota is the primary fundraising arm of ABM. WIN’s 2007-2012 donations of $1.9 million rank the group as the state’s 4th largest. ABM’s Executive Director, Adam Duininick, is married to incoming chief of staff Jaime Tincher. Adam, of course, is also Chair of the big dollar Democrat PAC 2014 Fund and a member of the Met Council.
WIN’s former head, Ken Martin, is now the head of the state’s Democrat party. His wife, Jennifer O’Rourke, now serves as yet another Deputy Chief of Staff to Gov. Dayton.
Bringing it all back home, WIN board member and the state’s No. 1 political donor, Alida Rockefeller Messinger, is Gov. Dayton’s ex-wife. And it turns out that Mrs. Messinger recommended Tina Smith for the job in the first place.
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